The project, led by ITE, is funded by Climate-KIC
The Project SURPLUS MALL has the aim of analyzing a new business model, aligned with the European strategies of circular economy, based on the development of a community ICT platform aimed at managing the trading of industry surpluses and associated services.
The platforms aims at bringing together all the agents needed to optimize the sustainable trading of waste materials, involving surplus generating companies, demanding companies and intermediary agents responsible for the logistics, management and control of these materials.
The proposed model promotes the reuse and valuation of “waste” materials, reintroducing them as secondary raw materials in the productive value chains, thus promoting the symbiosis between industries. This will contribute to reduce the consumption of raw materials and the generation of waste, resulting in the reduction of the environmental impact associated with materials life-cycle (extraction, transport, transformation, use and end-of-life) and in the direct reduction of greenhouse gases emissions. In addition, added value is generated for all involved agents: promotion of sustainability and corporate social responsibility, improvement of the economical and environmental balance and increase of business competitiveness.
The meeting was held at the facilities of ITE with the partners from Emilia-Romagna region (Italy), Geneva (Switzerland) and some representatives of the Climate-KIC. The project involves the Industry partners Federación de Polígonos Empresariales de la Comunidad Valenciana (FEPEVAL) in Spain and ASTER in Italy, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in Geneva (Switzerland) and the Technology partners Università di Bologna (Italy) and ITE (Spain).
In this first phase, the project will be focused on the chemical and the metal sectors (priority key sectors for their contribution to the climate change) and it will use two European regions with a high industrial activity as case study areas, the Valencian Region in Spain and Emilia-Romagna in Italy.
SURPLUS MALL, a 6-months Pathfinder project funded by Climate-KIC, is coordinated by the Instituto Tecnológico de la Energía and it is linked to the thematic area “Sustainable Production” of this European initiative.
Climate- KIC is the largest public-private partnership in Europe focused on climate change and on the promotion of zero-carbon economy. Climate-KIC is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), an EU body.
Climate-KIC is formed by companies, academic institutions and public bodies, and it is focused on innovative strategies for climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Training is a key factor to inspire and educate the next generation of climate leaders; this is why Climate-KIC offers training programmes for students, to create companies and to promote innovation all over Europe through its centres in the main European cities, where the Climate-KIC community boasts the best experts and the best organizations.
The Climate-KIC approach starts with the improvement of the way of life in cities, in addition to the aim of making industry produce environmentally friendly products, while optimizing the use of land to produce the necessary food.